So I just posted up an article here on Epic Ski that I thought could be the start of a solid discussion. In short, I noticed for the first time the other day, that someone had a ski pass that said "Uphill Travel Pass." After some research, I began finding out that there is a serious trend right now of ski resorts establishing official Uphill Travel Policies to establish rules on people using their AT setups to climb their hills.
To me, this seems like an awesome way to be able to ski multiple resorts every year, without paying a ton of money. You get to worry less about the yearly snow conditions, get a great workout, and best of all... it makes skiing affordable again. Personally, I'm all for ski resorts offering Uphill Ski Passes and policies, but I can also see the arguments against it (not the point of AT skiing, getting in the way of downhill skiers, etc.).
But I wanted to pose the question to you guys: What do you think of Uphill Ski Passes/Policies at ski resorts? Is it something you'd take advantage of, or are you more likely to become frustrated at uphill skiers getting in your way?
Also, you guys might be interested in checking out this link from the United States Ski Mountaineering Association. It's a list of all of the resorts with official uphill ski policies!
Hope everyone's having a good Winter!
Matt w/ Skiessentials.com